February 27th, 2019
Did that get your attention? I’m really hoping that it did, because if it didn’t then we may have more work ahead of us than what this short devotional blog can accomplish.
Yesterday I had to recheck several times to confirm what I was seeing. I’d received a devotional message via email. After making numerous checks and double checks, I was forced to conclude it had no scripture references at all. It never mentioned one book, chapter, or verse. There were no scriptural quotes that had been improperly tagged in the text.
I was left with one conclusion; the author felt that when you’re writing a Christian devotional message that God’s Word is Optional.
After I recovered from this realization, I came to another conclusion which even though it shouldn’t have been surprising for me given the things we see today, rattled me fairly well.
For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Matthew 24:24 (ESV)
We are in some extremely challenging times. Apostacy is attacking the Body of Christ every day from every angle.
I try to avoid political comment in the devotional blog. While Christians have a duty to take part in our democracy, I would prefer to remain focused on the Word of God and that alone, rather than get caught up in a debate consistently not based in fact, but the sides reiterate their spin flavored with their perspective.
This I believe to have directly resulted from an anti-gospel called progressivism.
Progressivism is something we hear mentioned in the news and political conversation. It is promoted as a counterpoint to the other side of the political spectrum, but in a practical sense, both sides practice progressivism. Conservative and progressive political positions are staked out by the different camps. In the noise, few realize that the conservative isn’t conservative, and the progressive has progressed to a point leaving no room for God or His Word.
Progressivism is defined as, “support for or advocacy of social reform.”
This sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? However, the clouds get darker as you look closer at this ‘religion’.
Wikipedia has this to say about progressivism…
Progressivism is the support for or advocacy of improvement of society by reform. As a philosophy, it is based on the idea of progress, which asserts that advancements in science, technology, economic development and social organization are vital to the improvement of the human condition.
While information found on Wikipedia isn’t always 100% accurate, the resource provides a fairly good read on the social context of information.
Much of the content in Wikipedia, reflects a less than factual account. Instead, it relys on those who provide the narrative for their information. While there may be facts present, there also is an array of opinion and conjecture. Because of this way of collecting information, many sources possess dubious qualifications. The resulting information though informative, likely informs us more of how the facts are viewed rather than the facts themselves.
I quickly took note that while progressivism is practiced in political settings, that political practice is driven from a philosophical position related to science, technology, and knowledge as a fuel for the elevation of the human condition.
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
Colossians 2:6-8 (ESV)
Eyes Wide Open
The concept of progressivism is to draw away from God and focus on a humanistic solution for social issues.
This doesn’t mean that the right is any better off than the left. If we objectively look at all sides of the political spectrum, we can see where progressivism is predominate across the board.
Both are looking for solutions that are based in man’s ideas rather than God’s plan. One side tries to appeal to the Christian community because it sees it as a power base for them to implement their version of progressivism.
I understand that this statement stiffens some who are conservative but let me assure you I am a conservative in my political thinking, however we are being duped into thinking the other side of thought is just so wrong, therefore this side must be correct.
The reality is that both sides of the political spectrum are lost and looking for solutions born out of humanistic social management. Both have substituted God as the authority and inserted socially driven political practice in his place. The conservatives call it ‘populism’. In other words, the mindset of the masses.
Sadly, neither attributes the proper authority to God that is required and negates the viability of His Word as viable true for the ordering of mankind’s existence. Thusly making God’s Word optional.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:1-5 (ESV)
Progressivism and Apostacy
Here is where this comes to the doorstep of the believer.
Because both the left and the right have initiated the social landscape with their philosophy progressivism, even the elect of God is tempted to embrace this call for social dictates under the proclamation of the different flavors of progressivism.
Those who have been called to reliance on the Gospel of Jesus Christ are being pushed and prodded to embrace this humanistic philosophy. Many have been deceived, turning away from God and His Word, to a reliance on the reason of man.
This has led to exactly what the scripture warns us of in Colossians 2:8, where even the elect shall be deceived by these senseless philosophies. Distracted by a concept that the solution for humanity is found in the wisdom of mankind and making the mind of God optional.
This has allowed Apostacy to flourish.
It is literally everywhere. Coming at us from every angle. The intent is to lure with pleasing words, transitioned from inspired lyrics from emotionally uplifting music. Only to insert concept and position, proposed by the inspiration of the flesh.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Jesus is the beginning.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 1:8 (ESV)
The great “I AM”, the beginning and the end. He “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
He must be the authority in our lives. While progressivism says man has the answers and we can fix social ills with technology and the wisdom of man. While all sides of the political spectrum insist that they have the answers and The Word of God is optional. The truth is that it isn’t optional at all.
For if it were not for The Word, we wouldn’t be here. If it wasn’t for The Word, we would be lost and hopeless.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
‘Political solutions’ is an oxymoron. They solve nothing. Resolution of the human condition can only be found in Jesus. The Word of God isn’t optional.
In His Grace,